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Walter Grewe of Wainwright & Co. was installed as RVAR's President on December 11th at RVAR's Board of Directors meeting. Also installed were Ashley Donahue of Wainwright & Co. as President-elect and Meg Smith of MKB, REALTORS® as Vice President. Walter, Ashley and Meg are serving a second term in these Offices.|
Four Directors were also installed: Dana Berenbaum of MKB, REALTORS®; Cathie Daniel of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake; Jay Kilby of RE/MAX All Stars; Julie Kingery of Mountain to Lake Real Estate and Todd Wampler of Century 21 Wampler Realty. Cathie serves on the Board as a Broker representative appointed by the Broker Council. Your 2021 Board of Directors stands ready to serve you!
Continuing their service on the 2021 Board will be: Immediate Past President Neil Conner (The Real Estate Group); and Directors Barry Bridges (Weichert, REALTORS® Bridges & Co.); Rob Logan (The Real Estate Group) and Shannon Hines (Long & Foster, REALTORS®).
| Billy Kingery, of Mountain to Lake Realty, received RVAR's REALTOR® of the Year award.
Kingery has been a REALTOR® since 1990, serving in various volunteer capacities for RVAR including service on RVAR's Board of Directors and longtime service on RVAR's Governmental Affairs Committee. He is well known for his many civic and community service activities, including currently serving on Carilion Hospital's Board of Directors.
The REALTOR® of the Year award is RVAR's highest honor, recognizing a local REALTOR® who demonstrates outstanding REALTOR® spirit, business accomplishments and community involvement.
December BOD Update
Click on President Walter Grewe's photo to watch the latest video update from RVAR's Board of Directors.
New Supra Non-Member Access Feature Available Now!
Supra's Non-Member Access feature - which allows Listing Agents to provide a convenient and secure access to a specific lockbox for a specific period of time to non-members through their smartphone - is now active. Non-members are folks such as inspectors, contractors and out of area REALTORS®. The Listing Agent can grant access through SupraWEB and set the window of access from 2 - 72 hours. REALTORS® in the Associations that touch ours - New River, Lynchburg, Martinsville and Lexington - are eligible to receive a non-member access code from the Listing Agent.
The first step is a one-time only activation for Listing Agents of the Non-Member feature on SupraWEB.
Login to your SupraWEB account (your key serial number is at the top of your eKey app or the back of an XpressKEY)
- Select "Settings" - "Non-Member Access"
- Check "Enable Non-Member Access" and "Terms" and "Save" (if you get a "Sorry" message, just try again).
Easy to Grant Secure Access:
1. Supra user invites a non-member to access the lockbox using SupraWEB or Mobile
SupraWEB. Supra user sends non-member the invite text by clicking "key" icon next
their specific lockbox in SupraWEB.
2. Non-member receives text message with a link to register, download the ekey app,
and authorize it.
3. Non-member receives access information (lockbox serial #, date & time).
4. Non-member opens the eKEY app, enters 4-digit PIN and opens lockbox.
Additional detailed instructions for a non-member to set up an account can be found by clicking here
For technical questions for both agents and non-members, call Supra support at 877.699.6787 and mention "Non-Member Access".
Dues Reminder - January 12th Deadline
To date, 907 members have already paid their 2021 REALTOR® dues (which includes dues to RVAR, VAR and NAR.) The final date to pay 2021 dues is Tuesday, January 12th
. Simply go to www.RVAR.com
and click on User Login (upper right hand corner). Follow the instructions to log in to access and pay your dues bill online. Any member may contact Susan Edwards to request a dues bill via email or mail.
November Home Sales
Sales activity remained strong in November, with 536 homes sold, a 30% increase over November, 2019, with a 13% increase in the average price of homes sold. The 536 homes sold and the 471 homes placed under contract represent the highest such numbers in any November in the history of the MLS. A link to the November home sales statistics
, including a 4-year comparison, is provided on the front page of RVAR.com. The MLS releases its monthly home sales statistics around the 15th of the following month.
RPAC Exceeds Goals for 2020!
A huge "Thank you" to the 502 REALTORS®, Affiliates and RVAR staff who contributed to the 2020 REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) fundraising campaign! RVAR exceeded all the goals set for us by Virginia REALTORS®, raising over $48,209, including 23 Major Investors (contributions of $1,000 or more) representing over $26,000. A sincere "Thank you" to all those below who contributed more than their fair share.
2020 RPAC Governor's Club
(contribution of $500-$999)
Donna Marie Harris - Long & Foster, REALTORS®
Karen Hankins - Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
Stephen Hoover - MKB, REALTORS®
Tim Thompson - MKB, REALTORS®
2020 RPAC Captial Insiders
(contribution of $250-$499)
Neil Conner - The Real Estate Group
Valerie Eagle - Park Place Realty, LLC
Shannon Hines - Long & Foster, REALTORS®
Angie McGhee - Long & Foster, REALTORS®
Tim Toohig - RE/MAX All Points
Tom Turner - Edwin C. Hall Associates Inc.
Janie Whitlow - The Real Estate Group
2020 RPAC $99 Club
(contribution of $99-$249)
Jamie Bailey - ALCOVA Mortgage
Nick Beasley - Long & Foster, REALTORS®
Lara Bingeman - MKB, REALTORS®
Rose Dudley - Lichtenstein Rowan, REALTORS®
Kelli Eagle - Park Place Realty, LLC
Thomas Fellers - MKB, REALTORS®
Jack Frye - Young Realty
Nikki Griffin - Virginia Mountain Mortgage
Connie Hash - Mountain City Realty & Auction, LLC
Tim Hash - Mountain City Realty & Auction, LLC
Dave Henry - Movement Mortgage
Anne Huffman - RE/MAX All Stars, LLC
Billy Kingery - Mountain to Lake Realty
Rob Logan - The Real Estate Group
Adam Lynch - BHHS Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate
Dayna Patrick - RE/MAX All Stars, LLC
Henry Scholz - MKB, REALTORS®
Lori Shultz-Moore - NextHome Right Choice
Lucinda Scruggs - Quality Realty
Brittney Sherry - Park Place Realty, LLC
Ralph Smith - Century 21 Gold Key, REALTORS®
Ray Sprinkle - RE/MAX All Stars, LLC
Renee Wiggins - RE/MAX All Stars, LLC
Jennifer Wilcox - Wainwright & Co., REALTORS®
Corrine Willis - Park Place Realty, LLC
Advocay @ Work
Advocacy @ Work is an article aimed at updating members on what is happening in our region regarding Economic Development and/or Governmental Affairs.
2021 General Assembly Session
The 2021 General Assembly session convenes on Wednesday, January 13th. Click here
to review Virginia REALTORS®' 2021 Legislative Agenda.
The 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session will present a unique set of political and logistical circumstances. The Senate will be meeting in person, but with no physical access from advocacy groups or constituents. The House of Delegates will be meeting virtually for the session and their committee meetings with limited access to Delegates during a fast-paced 30-day session.
Next month, I will include an update on progress of some of the bills that are important to our members.
Article provided by Joe Sutliff, RVAR Director of Economic & Governmental Affairs.
New Cell Phone Law
Effective January 1, 2021, it is unlawful in Virginia for individuals to hold a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle. This new law does not apply to hands free use of cell phones or to the use of a cell phone to report an emergency.
New GIS for Western Virginia Water Authority
The new Western Virginia Water Authority (WVWA) webGIS is a mobile and tablet friendly site REALTORS® can use to look at water and sewer utilities in the WVWA service area. This new site is running concurrently with the current site, but will be the only site January 1st. Click here
to view the new site.
Community Service Update
RVAR Holiday Food Drive
Once again RVAR came through when asked. Thanks to you, the RVAR Holiday Food Drive was a huge success. The RVAR family donated 1205 pounds
of food. That equates to 1000 meals
for our communities most needy families. RVAR members also donated another $605.00 to Feeding SWVA.
A huge THANK YOU to all of those that donated and to the volunteers that assisted in the drive!!
RVAR Virtual Angel Tree
Thank you to everyone that participated in the RVAR Virtual Angel Tree benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of SWVA. 285 members of the BGCSWVA received gifts, some more than one based off the $30.00 donation per child. Below is a message from Michelle Davis, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of SWVA.
"We cannot thank RVAR and all of the REALTORS and affiliates enough for their generous support of our Project Angel Tree 2020. The initial planning with the RVAR team helped set the stage for the Amazon Wishlist idea, and it ran more smoothly than we could have even imagined. In fact, other Boys & Girls Clubs across the state used the concept themselves once they saw our emails going out. RVAR has ensured that every single one of our Roanoke Boys & Girls Club youth have a gift to unwrap this year. And in 2020, after all that our kids and families have been through, it means more than ever. Thank you for your support and generosity!"
Our RVAR Family
RVAR offers condolences to Charlene Jones of RE/MAX Lakefront Realty upon the death of her husband and fellow REALTOR® John Jones; to Dana Walker of Hall & Associates upon the death of his mother and to Tim Toohig of RE/MAX All Points upon the death of his father.
RVAR congratulates Jamie Bailey of Alcova Mortgage upon being elected to serve as a 2021 Director for the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke.
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
|December 24th||RVAR Office Closed|
|December 25th||RVAR Office Closed|
|December 31st||RVAR Office Closes at Noon|
|January 1st||RVAR Office Closed|
|January 12th||Deadline to pay 2021 Dues|